Chair and vice chair elected to CCRHD

The Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District elected its chair and vice chair for 2011.

  • Jan. 21, 2011 1:00 p.m.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District elected its chair and vice chair for 2011.

Area K director Rick Mumford was re-elected chair while vice chair duties will continue to be carried out by Quesnel Mayor and director Mary Sjostrom.

Canadian Cancer Society provides

campaign overview

Les Waldie, campaign manager for Northern Lodge, Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), presented information to the Cariboo Regional District board to provide an overview on the CCS’s campaign to build Northern Lodge in Prince George.

The society currently has three lodges: Vancouver, Victoria and Quesnel.

The Northern Lodge would provide services to residents from the south Cariboo to the most northern border of B.C.

CRD board

endorses

recommendations to remove trees by South Cariboo Regional Airport

The CRD board endorsed a recommendation from the 108 Greenbelt Commission to proceed with the removal of trees adjacent to the airport that have been identified as potential obstacles to aircraft.

The tree removal is necessary to enable NavCanada to register a new GPS instrument approach approved by airport commission in 2009 and designed in 2010.

Board hears about silviculture

Mark Hamm, operations manager for the Central Cariboo Forest District, appeared before the CRD board to provide information relating to silviculture activities in the Cariboo region. The discussion focused on the Timber Supply Areas (TSAs) and the types of forest found within these areas, forest licences, harvesting levels, planting trends and surveying for future years.

He also addressed how the Central Cariboo Fire Centre will work on regeneration practices in areas that have been devastated by wildfires over the past few years.

Further information about the Central Cariboo Forest District is available online at www.for.gov.bc.ca/dcc/.

CRD reviews

battery plan

The CRD reviewed information about the Canadian Battery Association’s (CBA) Stewardship plan that will be in effect July 1 for the safe and efficient collection, storage and transportation of lead-acid batteries (LABs).

The CBA’s Stewardship plan is a high-level plan and does not contain details of how the system will work with regional districts. The plan does, however, stress the importance of providing the service to remote and rural locations.

Staff communications with the CBA confirms the provision of storage containers and pick-up of LABs at rural refuse sites by the CBA may be an option. Further discussions will be held with the CBA once the plan becomes effective.

CRD to apply for Mountview water and sewer grant

The CRD will submit a grant application to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ general strategic priorities fund for two-thirds funding for the provision of water and sewer services in the Mountview area.

Under the gas tax agreement, $107 million has been allocated within the general strategic priorities fund for expenditure from 2011-2014. The GSPF delivers federal funding to local governments for infrastructure projects that contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner water or clean air.

CRD supports targeting grazing seminar 

The CRD will provide a letter of support to the Cariboo Cattlemen’s Association to submit a grant application for funding to host a Targeted Grazing seminar with Dr. Kathy Voth.

During this session, cattlemen and other livestock owners will be taught how to effectively train their animals to eat invasive plant species as an added sustainable management tool.

After attending the seminar, participants will have a sustainable, environmentally friendly, and low-cost alternative to managing invasive plants on their land.

Further information about targeted grazing is available online at www.livestockforlandscapes.com.